Essay on How Hard My Parents Changed My Own Work Ethics

965 Words Oct 25th, 2016 4 Pages
Statement of Purpose

There were moments in my childhood when my parents tumbled short of my dreams. I wanted to spend all the time in the world with them, yet both of them had full-time jobs as well as part-time jobs. They were constantly working, striving to provide the best for our little family. I’ve always wondered the secret to my parents’ happiness in their workplace despite the long, irregular hours. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a Hungarian psychologist, discovered the psychological concept of ‘flow’ that might explain the workaholic phenomenon. Flow is a mental state of effortless concentration and enjoyment in an activity. For example, a complete absorption at work results in a sense of euphoria. By changing the perspective of a job to make it personally meaningful, even the most mundane task can produce flow. Looking back, my parents definitely indulged in their flow zone. Watching how hard my parents worked consequently inspired my own work ethics. Under their influence, I began to pursue different job opportunities, exploring fields like customer service, medicine, psychology and marketing. Even though the nature of the experiences varied drastically, what I’ve learned from them were equally valuable. I/O psychology appeals to me in that I want to make a difference in the lives of employees, resolving problems like workplace conflicts, discrimination, gender bias, and many more. The first step is getting into graduate school - to understand the problems, research…

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